Dr. Jeffery Meldrum is like Gandalf the White when he speaks out. In a recent article titled, "Where's the science in the search for Sasquatch?", editor Brian Regal complained about the lack of "genuine experts" on television shows such as Finding Bigfoot and Ancient Aliens. Brian suggested that the reason for this is because the experts "might explain why there are no mermaids, ghosts or sasquatches."
On Facebook today, Dr. Meldrum respectfully disagreed with Brian and made the following remarks. Since this is a Bigfoot blog and we are extremely biased, we completely, 100% agree with Dr. Meldrum that there is a lot of science in Bigfoot:
Here's a snippet from Brian's article:
These programs glorify amateur investigators, who have little knowledge of the fields they “study” while often disparaging the work of professional scholars. Genuine experts — physicists, evolutionary biologists, historians, classicists and others — rarely make it to the screen because they might explain why there are no mermaids, ghosts or sasquatches, that there is no evidence aliens have visited the earth, and why our lives and our history should be valued as more than just junk sold for a couple of bucks to a pawn shop.
Programs such as “Finding Bigfoot” should be getting viewers, especially children, turned on to science and history as the way to understand the world; it should trumpet the value of education and expertise. What it actually does is turn us away from learning, books, science, history and the hard work of the intellect for a view of the world where serious study and intellectual pursuits are suspect or unnecessary.
How to combat this? Tell your kids that smart people are not the enemy; then buy them a microscope or a telescope. Get them a book on biology or zoology or even history from the library and read it with them; fight to make sure they get a good education. We’ll all be better off and, yes, if it is out there, someone might even actually find Bigfoot.